School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, with its focus on Africa, the Near and Middle East, South Asia, and South East Asia, takes culture - both contemporary and traditional - as the principle lens through which to view the regions of its expertise.
And we see knowledge of the languages of these regions as central to our understanding of culture. Our remit also, therefore, includes the study of linguistics. Our Departmental Centres of Translation Studies and of Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies are home to postgraduate taught programmes and research degrees, focusing on literature, cinema and popular culture.
We are dedicated to decolonising the curriculum and to exploring theoretical perspectives developed beyond Western constructions of knowledge.
Facts and figures
8th in UK
Complete University Guide 2021 (South Asian Studies)
10th in UK
REF 2021 (Modern Languages and Linguistics)
Our research is driven by a focus on the languages, cultures and texts of the regions on which we work and we engage in the study of literature, linguistics, cinema, visual culture, community engagement, medical humanities, gender studies and a range of interdisciplinary concerns.
We have a strong track record in raising research funding from a range of prestigious funding agencies, both in the UK and overseas and have excellent collaborative research links with universities and NGOs across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.